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Shayla Racquel, filmmaker and award-winning director is the creator of Quarter Century, a narrative series following a group of post-grads who are trying to figure out what it means to be “grown”; a short film titled Life’s Checklist that was an official selection at six film festivals and has won three awards, including Best Student Short Film; and her thesis capstone Riverment, a short film that discusses intergenerational trauma while comparing and contrasting movements and has won 11 awards (so far)!
Shayla Racquel bleeds Orange & Green, holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the illustrious Florida A&M University. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Film & Electronic Media from American University.
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how to be a standout candidate for film school
what to look for in a film festival before spending money to apply
the importance of storytelling as a filmmaker and film school applicant
how to become a filmmaker without going to film school
the secrets to success on the film festival circuit
the importance of creative and artistic exposure during early childhood
After the episode, be sure to check out these resources!
Mentioned during the episode
Online storytelling courses from CreativeLive:
- The Art of Filmmaking and Editing
- Storytelling: Using Story to Influence and Connect
- Storytelling for Business
Life’s Checklist on YouTube
Shayla’s contact info